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Illinois DUI Penalties

Illinois DUI Penalties

Illinois DUI Penalties – What are the penalties for a DUI offense in Illinois?

In Illinois, a DUI offense is either a misdemeanor or a felony depending upon the circumstances of the case.  In addition, the Court also considers your prior driving record. If the State charges your DUI as a misdemeanor, it is a Class A misdemeanor.  The potential sentence for a Class A misdemeanor is 365 days in jail, fine of up to $2,500, court costs and substance abuse treatment.

Penalty for First Illinois DUI

For a first offense, you can receive Court Supervision for up to two years without any jail time whether you plead guilty or go to trial. The prosecutor may be the village proscecutor or the States Attorney. If there are no aggravating circumstances in the case such as a high breathe test or accident involved, the prosecuting agency will most likely be the village prosecutor.

What is Court Supervision?

Court supervision is an alternative disposition available only to first-time offenders in Illinois. It allows a judge to dismiss the charges upon the successful completion of the terms of supervision.  Such terms often include attending a victim impact panel, alcohol treatment, and other conditions. There is a record you received supervision. However, the State of Illinois does does not revoke your driver’s license because supervision is not a conviction under Illinois law.

Illinois DUI law is complex.  Therefore, contact DuPage DUI lawyer Marilyn A. Miller today for a DUI consultation.